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Loving Mothing With Newborn

Print out our pdf version of this page and keep it somewhere safe so you can check that you are up-to-date with everything that you need to do - a lack of sleep from night-feeds means that you are likely to forget things!! Each of the 'To Do' items below links to a useful page on this site with tools and personalised listings for your region. You'll need this list just to keep you on track! Enjoy this time and do accept offers of help!

early days must dos

get a baby safety capsule fitted into your car - even for your first trip home from the hospital
announce the birth!
get a new baby ticker so you can keep family and friends update with your baby's progress
get along to your local child & maternal health clinic for health checks, plus social interaction with other new parents
have your nappy bag stocked and ready to go
print out an indispensible list of local helplines
register your baby's birth at your local birth registration office
add your baby to your Medicare card
add your child to your Private Health Insurance
ph: ................................... membership no: .............................................
add your child to the Medicare Family Safety Net
complete application forms for government financial benefits
ensure your baby has immunisations on schedule
look into education options, including kindys and preschools - you need to get your name down scarily early at some institutions
sign-up for the free weekly Bub Hub eNewsletter

need some extra help?

having trouble breastfeeding or just want reassurance that you are doing it right? Employ the services of a local lactation consultant or call a breastfeeding helpline
employ the services of home-help parenting & mothercraft nurses
attend a local parenting clinic or course - you'll get to meet other parents in your area with similar aged bubs
need help NOW! Call a parenting telephone helpline - most operate 24/7 free of charge
can't get baby to sleep? Get in touch with a local sleep specialist
not happy? Arrange counselling, helplines & support organisations
get information from a local parenting information resource centre
struggling to cook each evening or shop? Stock up with pre-prepared and home-delivered nutritious family meals & groceries

baby & new mum products

stocked with everything on the essential nursery items checklist?
save money and research nursery items before you buy!
visit the shops directory for comprehensive lists for local and online stockists of nursery & baby products, baby clothes, nursing wear, stylish mum & baby accessories, natural and organic products, feeding pillows and other early-feeding related products, baby slings and baby-carriers, sleeping & settling products and more...
check the bub hub special offers page
cloth or disposable nappies? - check out the options
get bulk nappy products home delivered or buy nappies and nappy products online
try a cloth nappy laundry service

looking after bub

check out our info section with helpful tips and links for sleeping & settling, breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, bathing & skincare, care of babies' skin in the sun
book a professional baby massage or attend a local baby massage course
articles on sight, hearing & dental checks for infants
see a complementary therapist or a chiropractor - they can help babies too!

looking after you

ask your healthcare provider if they are happy for you to participate in a postnatal exercise programme
attend a local postnatal exercise class or a "mums & bubs" exercise class and/or exercise at home
meet up with other parents & join a local playgroup
going back to work - find part-time, career & home-business help in our jobs portal
have a specialist postnatal massage
if you have aches and pains, see a specialist physiotherapist
want to get hormones back on track and pre-baby energy levels back, see a specialist complementary therapist
not coping - you are not alone! Seek help from postnatal depression services and a whole host of other helplines & support organisations
treat yourself - local "pamper mum" beauty, hair & body treatment services with childcare facilities
go to a special cinema screening for parents with young children
want to go out? Find a local babysitter
join a birth group online
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join our parenting forum, ask about local facilities, general ailments, ideas, share stories, laugh, chat and get support this feature is for registered members of our site only - registration is FREE
read parenting articles

special memories

get a professional baby hand & feet print or cast or try a diy kit at home
arrange a christening, baptism or naming day
buy christening, baptism and naming day products
treat yourself and family to products with baby's name or photo, keepsake products - memory books, time capsules and personalised cards, calendars & magnets
get a professional family photo

specific health issues

special needs

making your space safe

safety - general household
safety - nursery furniture
safety - indoor
buy safety products
attend a specialist first aid course for infant care

developing your baby's potential

buy toys & educational toys locally or online
get a good stock of children's books cds, dvds & videos - start with our top ten books for newborns - 18 months
visit the Bub Hub activities directory for details of local children's play, activity, music, drama & craft programmes, parks & local activities, playcentres, swim schools and more...
check your baby's progress with online lists of key development stages by age
entertain at home with options from our games to play with babies and toddlers list
read about your baby's potential personality traits with the baby star sign calculator

travelling, going on holiday or just out and about?

get out of the house - there are some fabulous 'out & about with baby' products available
visit our holidays portal for family friendly holiday options
travelling by plane or other public transport info sheets
hire nursery equipment at your destination
name label your gear

what next?

print out the toddler - preschooler to do list

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